The New York Yankees’ 2014 season did not begin as planned for their fans in terms of results, but they were able to salvage a victory in the series with a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. This series also saw the first post-Rivera save opportunity for David Robertson. New York’s offense failed to hit a home run in this series, but players like Yangervis Solarte were able to make a good first impression on Joe Girardi.
The spotlight shifts to Toronto this weekend as Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda will be making their Yankee debuts. How will Tanaka fare in his first major league game? Can the Yankees’ offense bounce back from a series that only saw them score seven runs? We will find out the answer to these questions against the Blue Jays over the next three days.
The season for the Blue Jays has seen its fair share of injuries to this point. Shortstop and lead-off man Jose Reyes went on the disabled list Monday after a mild strain of his hamstring. Closer Casey Janssen is on the DL as well with a lower back strain. Toronto was still able to get a split in their four game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field this week. Jose Bautista is off to a great start with two home runs and six walks.
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Show, Jeff Morten of Jays’ Journal joined me to discuss the pitching matchups this weekend and how the Blue Jays will cope with these injuries to start the season. Here are some of the topics we discussed on the show:
- Takeaways from both the Blue Jays’ and Yankees’ first series
- Impact of Reyes and Janssen on the disabled list
- Dustin McGowan‘s first start since 2011 on Friday
- Expectations for Tanaka and Pineda this weekend
- Why Brian Roberts and Alfonso Soriano could have a big series
- R.A. Dickey‘s slow knuckleball
- C.C. Sabathia‘s velocity issues
- Edwin Encarnacion with just one hit in four games
- Why we should be watching Melky Cabrera this weekend